December 12, 2008

Limoncello - part 1

Step 1 completed:

- 1 handle of Everclear
- 1 Buddha hand citron, washed and thinly sliced
- Zest of 2 lemons
- Giant glass jar

It felt really, really wrong to pour the entire jug of Everclear into the jar.

The alcohol started turning yellow within about 15 minutes because we used a microplane to zest the lemons. Luckily, the Buddha hand didn't need zesting, as its pith was sweet rather than bitter like that of lemons. Zesting a Cthulhu citrus would have been a pain in the ass.

Now comes the waiting. Most recipes say the initial steeping time is about a month (until the peels turn white, indicating all aromatics have been extracted). I'm keeping it in my closet so Emily isn't tempted to keep poking/sampling it.

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